Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 7th June
AVENTINUS, a hermit in the Pyrenees, martyred by the Moors as they invaded Gaul, 732.
COLMAN of DROMORE, St. Colman was the founding Bishop of Dromore in Co. Down Ireland. Little is known of his life, though it is said he was a student of St. Ailbe of Emly (12th September), a friend of St. Macanisius (3rd September), and the teacher of St. Finian of Clonard (12th December). St. Colman reposed circa 610.
DEOCHAR, a hermit near Fulda in present-day Hesse Germany. St. Deochar was a spiritual child of St. Alcuin at Aachen, before being appointed by Charlemagne to be the first Abbot of Herrieden in Bavaria, and assisted in the translation of the relics of St. Boniface (5th June) to Fulda 819. St. Deochar is said to have restored a young boy’s eyesight through prayer. St. Deochar reposed 847.
HABENTIUS, JEREMIAH, PETER, SABINIAN, WALLABONSUS, and WISTREMUNDUS, Monks near Cordoba martyred (851) during the reign of Emir Abd ar-Rahman II. Several days after their death, the Moors burned their bodies, and the ashes were discarded in the Guadalquivir River lest the Christians should venerate the martyrs’ relics.
MERIADEC, (Date Uncertain), though venerated primarily in Cornwall and Brittany, St. Meriadec was most likely Welsh. Crossing over to France, he lived for a while as a hermit in Rohan in Brittany, and was later consecrated Bishop of Vannes.
ODO of MASSAY, Abbot of the Abbey of Saint-Martin de Massay in present-day Centre-Val de Loire, France, from 935 until his repose 967.
PAUL I of CONSTANTINOPLE (PAUL the CONFESSOR), consecrated Archbishop of Constantinople 336, his stance against Arianism meant he spent most of his episcopacy in exile. First to Pontus for a year, then exiled to Trier 338. Returning circa 340, he was arrested and transported to Mesopotamia. St. Paul managed to return to Constantinople, only to be banished to a small town in Cappadocia, imprisoned without food or water for six days, and the strangles to death, 350.
VULPHY (WULFLAGIUS), a priest and hermit near Abbeville in Picardy. St. Vulphy reposed circa 653, following his repose there was a significant cultus of St. Vulphy in nearby Montreuil-sur-Mer.
Prior to the Schism the Patriarchate of Rome was Orthodox, and fully in communion with the Orthodox Church. As Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco +1966 said “The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable Liturgy is far older than any of her heresies”.